The time of the draw for the next competition on Brecon Canal is 6.30am fish from 7.30 until 1.30. The draw will take place downstream of Brynach Locks the other side of the Aqueduct. All senior members welcome to fish
This competition was held at Redhill fishery on Mollys pond.
1st was David Davies with 104lb
2nd was David Couzens with 97lb
3rd was Mark Sweeney with 93lb
4th John Combs 84lb
The next competition is on the Brecon Canal downstream of Brynach Locks the otherside of the aquaduct
For information and dissemination
On the 29th May 2018, NRW, will begin the removal of Merthyr Vale Weir. This will reduce the flood risk to the area and will provide greater development opportunities. NRW will also ensure that flood risk is not increased elsewhere by the work.
The weir at Merthyr Vale is a barrier to fish that migrate up the River Taff to spawn and produce juvenile fish, which helps boost stocks.
NRW will demolish the weir and remove the obstruction which will also improve angling opportunities by enhancing the quality and availability of fish in the river.
Over the last 15 years, NRW and their partners have invested millions of pounds to improve river habitats so they can support greater populations of native fish such as salmon, trout, eels and bullheads and improve the Ecological Status of the Taff under the Water Frame Work Directive.
The weir is the last remaining significant barrier and last impediment to realising the benefits of the work completed to date.
The work will begin on 29th May 2018 and take about 12 weeks to complete
After some careful consideration, and a number of conversations Tony Rees (MTAA Treasurer) and I have decided that we are opening up the Thomas Philips Carp league to anyone who wants to enter the league. Members and Non Members.
I can appreciate that some people may not be happy with this, but as far as I am concerned we are not receiving the support that we should from our members so I am changing the rules. This is something that has never been done before in the club and it is something that I feel is necessary to get the support that this league needs.
Tony and a number of other committee members have left it up to me to decide how to approach this. My decision is that we will not be asking anyone to purchase a day ticket for any of the comps that they enter. Instead I want each competitor to pay £5 for entry. I will then use that money towards prizes at the end of the year.
For more info please see our website (www.mtaa.co.uk) or contact me personally through messenger or call me on 07495355853
Carp Competitions Secretary
The senior coarse anglers fished Cyfarthfa Park lake on Sunday 13 May, it was a very tough day with mainly bream being caught.
1st with 4 bream Steve Hall with 14lbs 2oz
2nd with 4 bream Clive Saunders with 7lbs 10 oz
3rd was Dave Couzens with 7lb 10oz
4th John Coombs with 3lbs
Senior Carp League Report and Results
We had the second competition of the Thomas Phillips memorial carp league today. A very disappointing turn out again with only three competitors including myself.
Thanks to Shane Mac and Kirk Roberts for turning up. A very difficult day with the fish starting to spawn and also the weather didn’t help either.
Kirk was the winner today with 1 fish weighing 9lb 10oz. Shane came second with 1 fish weighing 8lb 13oz.
We all agreed prior to fishing that we would finish the comp early since Kirk needed to be gone before 15:00. We finished at 14:30.
Shane and I are continuing to fish until 18:00 as that was the original plan, but we are no longer fishing the competition. Since 14:30 Shane has landed another 2 fish and I have also landed 2 now. Shame they didn’t come along a little earlier! 😂
Request from Tom Jehu regarding the next carp competition
I need to start getting some names of people who are interested in fishing the next competition of the Thomas Phillips Memorial carp league on the 9th – 10th June.
The next comp will be our first away trip of the year. We will be fishing at The New Celtic Lakes on Lake 2 for a 24hr session. The price for each person is £30 and I will need that money from everyone within the next 2 weeks.
I will not be booking the pegs on the lake unless I receive people’s deposits!
Spread the word please guys as we really want a crowd of you there and anyone who needs to get a lift can contact me and I’m sure we can arrange to fit you in 👍
The calendar for trout competitions has changed see new calendar below
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Mark Sweeney fished Dolygaer today and the result can be seen in the photos below.
This is an Natural Resources Wales press release today
New fishing byelaws have been proposed which will make it mandatory for fishermen to release all salmon caught in Welsh rivers.
The procedures for introducing new byelaws are protracted and Natural Resources Wales wishes to avoid uncertainty for fishermen by delaying implementation of approved new measures until the 2019 fishing season.
The proposed all Wales byelaws, which include restrictions on fishing methods to help the survival of released fish and reduced net fishing seasons, are currently being considered by Welsh Government.
Dave Mee, Senior Fisheries Advisor for NRW, said:
“At the moment timescales for a decision are uncertain, so we are proposing that introduction of any new measures should be postponed until the beginning of the 2019 rod and net seasons.
“We hope this will help clarify the situation for anglers, netsmen, fishery owners and clubs and associations.”
Welsh salmon stocks remain in a perilous condition. Although the mandatory catch and release proposals have proved unpopular with anglers, NRW firmly believes that they, along with other measures such as tackling agricultural pollution, improving water quality and managing the potential threats from predators are vital for the future survival of these iconic fish.
Peter Gough, Principal Fisheries Advisor for NRW added:
“This delay is a pragmatic solution to resolving current uncertainty.
“However, it is important to note that this does not mean there will be further debate on the subject as NRW has concluded its position and the case for further controls has been made and presented to Welsh Government and it remains unchanged.
“Protection of the breeding resources of these wonderful fish is a fundamental part of our work to manage this important natural resource sustainably.”
Catch and release
This season, fishermen are again being asked by NRW to practice full restraint and ensure conservation of fish stocks by voluntarily releasing all the salmon they catch in 2018.
“Our salmon stocks are in serious trouble and have fallen to historically low levels and the same is true of about half of our sea trout stocks.
“Neither species can sustain uncontrolled killing of fish and so we are again asking all anglers to release all of their salmon.
“Most anglers are already voluntarily releasing the fish they catch, but some are not. We feel the situation is now so serious for salmon that we must ask all anglers to help preserve as many fish as possible by returning all their salmon.
“It’s also very important to take great care of returned fish. Fishing methods and tackle should be used that ensure fish have a high probability of survival, they should always be kept in the water while unhooking to ensure they can swim away strongly.”
On a damp blustery day Mark Sweeney fished from peg 1 and landed 29lbs 4oz of carp and bream, second was Dia Davies who landed 2 bream for 9lbs 4oz and joint 3rd were Dia Couzens and Gentleman Jim Howells with 1lb 3oz. The next Competition is on Cyfarthfa Park Lake on 13th May
Mark Sweeney’s winning net of fish
Dia Odd Socks 2nd place winning bream
Our inaugural carp competition took place today 15th April. Many carp anglers had promised to come and fish but unfortunately only a few turned up. Nonetheless the competition went ahead. Before the competition began it was agreed that all bream would count with a weight of 6oz regardless of size.
1st Sheila Maynard 5lb 14oz 1 Carp + 1 Bream
Joint 2nd Tom Jehu and Shane McDonnall 5lb 6oz 1 Carp + 1 Bream
4 Anglers fished
Next Competition will take place on 13th May at Cyfarthfa Park Lake
FISH MIGRATION DAY
The 1st competition of 2018 was held on Molly’s pond at Redhill Fishery. 11 anglers fished and the winner of the competition was Adam Toomey with 81lb 7oz, 2nd Clive Saunders 26lb 8oz , 3rd Dave Couzens 16lb 4oz, 4th Jim Howells 14lb 7oz
Recently our Treasurer Tony Rees queried the reason why catch and release was imposed upon MTAA by Welsh Water. The reply from Welsh Water below explains all.
We introduced catch and release only on our permits sold at Talybont and Beacons reservoirs with an aim of making the angling more sustainable. The same conditions are not directly transferable and applicable to your members or members of Osprey FF who have a lease on the Beacons reservoir as you have leases on the reservoirs which detail the conditions of your agreement.
To enforce catch and release on both clubs would require the change to be captured in your licence/lease and this was not the intention when we decided to move to catch and release for brown trout on permits sold by WW at our waters in the SE.
We would refer our members to the rules of the Association regarding the taking of trout the rules state “4 trout per rod per day” size limit 10 inches, 25.4cm, tip of snout to tip of tail. We would ask members to continue to practice catch and release on this wonderful reservoir, just taking the odd trout for the table.
The following has been taken from the Sea Trout Fishing Forums.
The Association will be sending in some funding but we would like members to support this by sending us an amount they can afford, £ 1, £ 2, £ 3, £ 4, £ 5, Every little helps we must challenge this as it is now obvious that the present system relied on BY Natural Resources Wales for assessing Salmon stocks is not only flawed but bordering as they say in Parliament to be polite: Sir you are a stranger to the Truth.
|A Challenge to NRW/EA/CEFAS Stock Assessments – Support Needed!
A group of us in North Wales have been working closely with the NWATFCC (North West Angling Trust Fisheries Consultative Committee) in order to challenge NRW’s Stock Assessment and Reporting and resulting river classifications. Senior NRW Fisheries Staff seem unable to explain with clarity a number of key areas but will use the defence that they are using the same methodology as the rest of the UK.
• provide an independent evaluation of the validity and efficiency of the England & Wales national river stock status classification model for salmon
1. Cheques should be made payable to Merthyr Tydfil Angling Association who will forward all proceeds to Angling Trust.
Whilst the immediate aim of this money is to fund the independent statistician, after all payments have been met, we have requested that any residual funds be used by the Angling Trust/ Fish Legal to support campaigns which are beneficial to angling in Wales.
Please support this cause as well as making your colleagues and contacts aware of this action.
This appeal is for Fish Legal Angling Trust and any monies collected will be sent to them
The Association is sending this as we will not divulge our members’ personal details to anyone.
Its that time of year again when we have to renew our rod licences. You can do so by following this link https://www.gov.uk/fishing-licences this link should take you to the Governments licence pages. Just follow the instructions to obtain your licence. If you have to pay a fee for your fishing licence you are on the wrong website and we cannot be held responsible for that.
|Licence type||Trout and coarse 2-rod||Trout and coarse 3-rod||Salmon and sea trout|
|12-month – over 65 or disabled||£20||£30||£54|
|12-month – junior (13 to 16)||Free||Free||Free|
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